James M. Mcgarity III
Lieutenant Colonel James M. McGarity III was commissioned an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Infantry Officer Candidate School Class 4-72, 12 July 1972. His first duty assignment was as a Tactical Officer, OCS Battalion, Fort Benning Georgia. | His subsequent duty assignments include: Platoon Leader, C Company (Ranger), 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry, The School Brigade. Adjutant, 4th Battalion (Airborne), The School Brigade; Platoon Leader, C Company, 4th Battalion, 6th Infantry, Berlin Brigade; Executive Officer, B Company, 4th Battalion, 6th Inf, Berlin Brigade; Battalion Motor Officer, 4th Battalion, 6th Infantry, Berlin Brigade; Commander, Combat Support Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry, Berlin Brigade; Infantry Readiness Evaluator, Headquarters, 1st U.S. Army; Assistant Secretary General Staff, Headquarters, 1st U.S. Army; Assistant Operations Officer, 1st Brigade, 9th Infantry Division; Battalion Operations Officer, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry; Chief of Inspections, Inspector General, Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division; Congressional Action Control Officer, Office Director of Army Staff; Staff Action Control Officer, Office Secretary of the Army; Executive Officer, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division; Deputy Chief of Staff, Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division; Recruiting Battalion Commander, U.S. Army Recruiting Command; Chief of Staff, 6th Recruiting Brigade, U.S. Army Recruiting Command. Lieutenant Colonel McGarity retired from active duty on 30 September 1995. He subsequently attended Law School at the University of Miami and embarked on a career in law culminating in election to County Judge during the general election on 6 November 2012. His civilian assignment history includes Trial Attorney, Assistant Public Defender of the 20th Judicial Circuit; General Magistrate, 20th Judicial Circuit Civil Court; and, Collier County Judge, 20th Judicial Circuit. | Lieutenant Colonel James M. McGarity III is a graduate of Amphibious Operator / Seaman Advance Individual Training, Airborne School, Ranger School, Jumpmaster Course, Infantry Officer Advance Course, Command, the General Staff Officer Course, the Inspector General Course and the Air Assault School. | His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Overseas Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, 101st Airborne Division Combat Service Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Ranger Tab, Army General Staff Badge, and the British Parachutist Badge.